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Kitchen hacks: 6 of the easiest tricks to save time in the kitchen

Less time cooking, more time eating.

WHETHER WE LIKE it or not we’ve all got to eat, so love the place or loathe it, we have to spend time in the kitchen.

Of course, if you’re a total foodie that’s a source of joy to you, but the more culinarily-challenged amongst us might balk against the idea of spending more time in there than is absolutely necessary.

However in an effort to make your life that much easier, we’ve rounded up some great food ‘hacks’ that will take the hassle out of some of those more common tasks and day-to-day kitchen duties we carry out.

What will you do with all that extra time?

1. Chopping cherry tomatoes

Source: DaveHax/YouTube

Those little tomatoes – so cute, so annoying to cut individually. Here’s a hack that helps you cut a load of them at once and stop you losing the will to live while making a salad.

2. Separate egg yolks from the whites

Source: Doug Armstrong via YouTube

Separating egg yolks from whites can be tricky business, but this hack makes doing it so much fun.

Just suck up the yolk using an empty bottle and pop it into another bowl.

It won’t work if you break the yolk, so you still need to be careful when cracking the egg but there’s hours (maybe) of fun right there.

3. Easy peesy lemon squeezy

Source: Doug Armstrong via YouTube

Here’s a neat trick if you don’t have a squeezer and/or don’t have tons of hand strength (no judgements, we speak from personal experience here).

Using the tongs will give you Hulk like strength when squeezing your lemons to help you get every last little drop out – and it will help with the other lemon tip down below.

4. Stop pots boiling over

Source: WOW Recipes via YouTube

This might be our favourite of all the hacks – putting a wooden spoon over the pot stops it boiling over…like magic. 

Just watch.

5. Grating cheese

Source: Real Simple via YouTube

If you’re more economical than we are, and don’t buy your cheese already grated, this helps to control the mess that grating cheese currently entails.

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Grate into a ziplock and it will contain all the little bits that end up all over the place. And then you have a bag of cheese.


6. Leftover lemon juice

Source: RealSimple via YouTube

There’s nothing more frustrating than a recipe that calls for a slice of lemon or a tablespoon of juice, but luckily this hack solves two problems at once.

Squeeze your lemons into an ice-cube tray and freeze.

Not only  have you found a way not to waste leftover lemon juice, you can also use a cube of frozen lemon juice for any recipe calling for a squirt or a tablespoon.


Have you any ingenious kitchen hacks to share? Let us know in the comments below.

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Edel Corrigan

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